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Puck Headlines: NHL Thanksgiving float; Julien talks goalie running

Greg Wyshynski
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Here are your Puck Headlines: a glorious collection of news and views collected from the greatest blogosphere in sports and the few, the proud, the mainstream hockey media.

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• From the great Dave Lozo comes our first look at the NHL float in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, meaning that the League didn't take our advice and create a giant Milan Lucic that runs over all the other floats and then makes excuses about it. Although, judging from that turkey goalie in the back, we are happy to see Dan Cloutier get work. [@DaveLozo]

• Attempting to solve the riddle wrapped in an enigma wrapped in an apathetic Russian known as Alex Semin. [Japers' Rink]

• Down Goes Brown overhears some things at the Hockey Hall of Fame: "Wow Dougie, you look like you could still suit up and play! No seriously, you do. Sign here, Brian Burke says you're centering the Kessel line Tuesday night." [DGB]

• Terrific article and Michael Farber is redundant, but we'll say it anyway: Terrific article by Michael Farber on how the pace of today's game has harmed the grand tradition of the slap shot. [SI]

• Bobby Clarke: "The Kings are the only other team in the league that I like.  I have some relationships in Florida and in Dallas because I worked there but Los Angeles is the only team I like and I follow them closely from a distance." [Kings]

• Thanks to the Winnipeg Jets, now your car can be fueled by passion. And foreign oil. [Jets]

• Are the Boston Bruins back to being bullies? [THW]

• In which Ed Snider sees "total realignment for the NHL." [CSN Philly]

• Boston Bruins coach Claude Julien thinks that goaltenders shouldn't be hit … but: "There's a difference between a hit and a collision. That's always going to be a gray area in people's minds. Some people are going to call it a hit. Some people are going to call it a collision. As far as I'm concerned as a coach, I'll abide by any rule they want to put in there. If they say you can't touch him at all, you can't touch him at all. If they keep the rule the way it is, let's keep the rule the way it is. I know for a fact if Milan had intended on hitting him, he would have never got up. We know how hard he hits. That speaks for itself." [Bruins Blog]

• Don't worry Toronto Maple Leafs penalty kill … it gets better. [Leafs Nation]

• When it comes to the New York Islanders, BD Gallof says there's only one person to blame: "The machine will keep going, and fans will be riled about all sorts of things, but the one to blame for many issues is one Charles Wang. The buck stops with Charles who seemed to kibosh intent to make moves post-August 1st. It is Charles who let Mike Milbury remain for years, and let the Isles sink into an abyss. It was Charles who hired and then butted heads with Neil Smith. It was Charles who selected Garth Snow, and in the wreckage of a season gone wrong with Ted Nolan at [the] helm, who then invested his trust in Garth and the draft system to constitute a rebuild that not just was for the NHL on-ice, but also to refurbish the Milbury-decimated and rotten prospect system and pool." [Hockey Independent]

• Damien Cox believes there's a 50/50 chance the Phoenix Coyotes leave after this season, but there's only a 25 percent chance of that. [The Star]

• Who is the best defenseman in fantasy hockey? It's not Nicklas Lidstrom or Kris Letang or Dan Boyle or Drew Doughty. []

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• From Chicago Native Son. Brilliant.

• Things are progressing with the Nashville Predators and Ryan Suter, GM David Poile told ESPN: "Pekka's signing should be meaningful in terms of the commitment by the team and the player and the amount. I think Ryan and Shea can see where we're going." [ESPN]

• Why Claude Giroux of the Philadelphia Flyers might be a Hart Trophy winner this year. What, no Jagr? [Backhand Shelf]

• Steve Ott remains Steve Naught for the Dallas Stars, missing his sixth game but looking good for Friday night. [Heika]

• Dustin Jeffrey is recalled by the Pittsburgh Penguins. [Penguins]

• Are the Ottawa Senators sniffing around a second-line center? [Silver Sevens]

• Why did the Colorado Avalanche wait so long to name Milan Hejduk captain? [MHH]

• Really cool story on Steve Peters, the Phoenix Coyotes' innovative video coach. [AZCentral]

• Lambert is interviewed on Kukla's Korner, which is a bit like Herman Cain being interviewed by Gloria Allred's family newsletter. [KK]

• Finally, almost this entire thing is in German. But it makes us what to watch German hockey. And also drop a mind-altering substance because of all … those … colors. Ads on uniforms are a stoner's dream, actually. (One or two NSFW words in English)

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